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Product Review: Alba Botanica Hawaiian Shampoo


Recently, I have been on a journey to find the best organic and natural products for me and my lifestyle.  Unbeknownst of my journey at the time, I picked up the Alba Botanica Hawaiian Shampoo at TJ Maxx just to test out.  I had just gotten my hair colored Honey Blonde and wanted my color to last.  Per the bottle, this shampoo claims to contain “colorific plumeria for vibrant, lasting color” so I put it to the test.  Did it meet my expectations?  Find out below:

Product Name / Description:
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Shampoo | Colorific Plumeria for Vibrant, Lasting Color

Price Point: $10.50 (
I got this shampoo for $5.99 at TJ Maxx (said to be marked down from $8.00 – score!)

Size/Amount: 12 fl oz

Who is it for?
Anyone with color treated hair (all hair types)

What does it do?
For truly terrific color week after week, take a permanent vacation from the color-stripping sulfates and drying salts in ordinary shampoos. Instead, discover this color preserving shampoo with naturally gentle cleansers that kiss your hair clean without dulling your locks. Vitamin rich plumeria, pineapple, and papaya nourish over-processed or damaged hair cuticles. Your color stays vibrant and hair feels naturally soft and healthy. Welcome to island happy hair. pH Balanced.

Apply to wet hair and massage into a rich lather. Rinse thoroughly.

I used this on my hair, applying it first to my scalp and concentrating on removing whatever gunk I had on the scalp by massaging the product.  It gave me a great lather!

To me, it smells just like fresh flowers.  If you aren’t into floral scents this is definitely not the product for you!  It’s strong, but it’s very bearable.  I actually encourage the wind to blow so I can smell my hair.

This isn’t a watery or overly thick consistency.  It lays somewhere in the middle of that.  It also isn’t sticky and is easy to apply and wash out.

Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(1), Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract(1), Camilla Sinensis Leaf Extract(1), Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract(1), Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Plumeria Acutifolia Flower Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract(1) , Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol(1), Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Fragrance (Parfum).

(1) Certified Organic Ingredient | I noted in the video above that some of the ingredients were certified organic.  In addition, there are no paragons, phthalates, artificial colors, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, or sodium myrrh sulfate.

Final Conclusions:
This shampoo could easily become a staple product for me.  I have used it on my NEW hair color (as seen below) and my color is still amazing, my hair smells delightful, and this product impresses me even more because it isn’t tested on animals and uses 100% vegetarian ingredients.

In the picture, my hair is still wet, has been deep conditioned and is air drying with a leave-in. Also, I have washed my hair once before this with a different shampoo so my color is SLIGHTLY fading in the red tone (bummer), but I think this Alba Shampoo will help to keep the color from fading drastically.  Glad I caught that slip up!


Have you ever used Alba Botanica Hawaiian Shampoo?  What are your thoughts?